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May 2022                                                                            Volume 8  |  Issue 5

Making sure you stay connected to the latest IPM resources and research happening at the University of Georgia
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Tomato Fruitworm, Corn Earworm, Bollworm
Helicoverpa zea 

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Dr. Keith Delaplane talks about his recently published book, Crop Pollination by Bees: Evolution, Ecology, Conservation, and Management Vol.1. Delaplane explains how supporting a diversity of bee species - both managed honeybees and wild, solitary bees - is critical for the future of agriculture.
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UGA Peanut Entomologist Mark Abney shares scouting techniques for identifying Lesser Cornstalk Borers in peanuts.
EPA Revoking All Chlorpyrifos Tolerances for ALL Commodities: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will stop the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on all food to better protect human health, particularly that of children and farmworkers. In a final rule released today, EPA is revoking all “tolerances” for... Read More
San Jose Crawler Mgmt 2022: Good afternoon everyone, we have started to see some San Jose scale crawler activity in middle GA. With the relatively cool spring weather we have been having, the first large peak of San Jose scale crawler activity is going to be similarly timed compared to last year, which I anticipate to occur within approximately... Read More
Thrips & TSWV Mgmt: I will make this post as straightforward as I can. UGA research shows that for every 1% Tomato spotted wilt Virus (TSWV) incidence in GA-06G at the end of the season, peanuts lose 20 pounds of yield per acre. Most thrips management options and all TSWV management options end when the seed furrow closes. Early planted peanuts... Read More
Botrytis Testing For Fungicide Resistance: Clemson University has picked up the resistance testing for Botrytis. This is not a free service at this time. However, it is very useful and worth the funds to determine which Botryticides are working. See the attached form for information needed. Clemson will be working with their plant and pest diagnostic clinic to... Read More
Young Harris Beekeeping Institute: This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Young Harris Beekeeping Institute, held in-person at Young Harris College. Take a look at our fabulous program with over 90 bee-related lectures and workshops; an improved honey show with $1,000 in cash prizes; local and national vendors; trainings and certifications... Read More
Help Prevent Avian Influenza in GA: Currently, avian influenza (flu) is not a threat to human health or food safety in Georgia. Avian influenza poses risk to all poultry operations, from backyard flocks to the state's $22.8 billion commercial industry. The key to preventing the spread of the disease is biosecurity. All bird owners should take measures to prevent the... Read More
Scouting for Turfgrass Diseases: 
This post is from last year, but it's timeless info: This is the time of year to begin scouting for turfgrass diseases: gray leaf spot, brown patch, Pythium blight. Gray leaf spot is a fungus disease that affects St. Augustinegrass, perennial ryegrass and tall fescue in Georgia. Hot humid summer weather and high nitrogen levels can... Read More
2022 Row Crop Disease Update: Southern rust WILL impact Georgia’s corn production in 2022.  In the words of Justin Wilson, “ I guar-ron-tee it”.  The question is not “IF”.  The question is “WHEN”. “When” depends on how quickly rust spores, living rust spores, move from south Florida and the Caribbean to Georgia.  They require upper wind currents to move… Read More
Tips for Collecting Quality Planting Data: With all the advanced planting technology available today, numerous planting metrics including population, singulation, and spacing quality can be displayed and mapped simultaneously on the planter displays, also commonly referred to as seed monitors. In precision ag, planting data is… Read More
May Weather Outlook and Beyond: April 2022 was a mixed bag climate-wise, with some areas in central Georgia receiving a lot of rain while others missed out. This led to dry conditions in some parts of the state that have farmers there worried. Temperatures in the northern ¾ of Georgia were cooler than normal overall, while farmers in southern Georgia… Read More
SARE Graduate Student Grants
Deadline: May 6, 2022
The main objective of the Graduate Student Grants is to prepare the next generation of scientists in researching sustainable solutions to the challenges farmers and ranchers face each day, and to prepare young professionals to... Read More


National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food & Ag Defense Initiative
Deadline: June 6, 2022
The purpose of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) is to reduce the vulnerability of the United States food and agricultural system to chemical or biological attack. The network... Read More

AFRI Education & Workforce Development
Deadline: October 27, 2022
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences.
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SARE Research & Education Grants
Deadlines: Research: June 3, Education: Aug 5, 2022
Southern SARE’s Research and Education Grants are the flagship grants of the program. They were the first grants offered when the program was launched in 1988, and were the only sustainable... Read More

NIFA Plant Biotic Interactions Program
Deadline: September 30, 2022
The Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate... Read More
May 18-21: Young Harris Beekeeping Institute

May 18-21: Cultivating Connections: Exploring Entry Point Into Sustainable Food Systems Conference

May 25: NE GA Pecan Producers Workshop

June 3: 2022 ESA Joint Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline

June 8: Improving Forestland for White-tailed Deer, BMPs

August 3: UGA Turfgrass Field Day


This publication is a joint effort of the seven disciplines that comprise the Georgia Vegetable Team. It is comprised of 14 topics on tomato, including history of tomato production, cultural practices, pest management, harvesting, handling and marketing. This publication provides information that will assist producers in improving the profitability of tomato production, whether they are new or experienced producers. Bulletin 1312

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